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This DAC really is the Qutest little bugger Chord has produced.

It looks like a BluQute is the cheapest road to a million taps, now the question remains, with the stock (or upgraded PSU) will it make Dave's power supply refinements and componentry largely irrelevant in a two channel setup?
 
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Where to buy in US?

"Qutest supports all major commercially available file formats up to 768kHz PCM and native DSD tracks to 512 (Octa-DSD)." :ksc75smile::ksc75smile::ksc75smile:
 
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This DAC really is the Qutest little bugger Chord has produced.

It looks like a BluQute is the cheapest road to a million taps, now the question remains, with the stock (or upgraded PSU) will it make Dave's power supply refinements and componentry largely irrelevant in a two channel setup?
The cheapest road to a million taps would be a stand alone M Scaler without a redundant cd mechanism and unnecessarily over engineered case. And a way of connecting it that didn’t involve two dozen ferrites. That would good engineering too.
 
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Some of us already own UpTone Audio UltraCap LPS-1 and it's relatively easy to add an adapter for StarQuad DC power cables

However, it's very important to find out whether Qutest is consuming more than 5 watts or otherwise. LPS-1 is only good enough for 5.5 watts.

Regarding 2Qute, we're able to get away with two units of LPS-1 connected in parallel (7V + 5V = 12V) to provide up to 13.2 watts continuously. Actually the manual stated 0.5A @ 12V or 6 watts

https://chordelectronics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2Qute-User-Manual.pdf#page=4
I checked the site for the LPS-1 and it looks like it's limited to 1A of current. It seems that the Qutest needs 2A since it's running at the lower 5V.
 
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I'm guessing the "filter" button is what changes the output voltage, or maybe a more complex hold "input" then hit "filter...?"

EDIT: Just read Chord page, press both together.
 
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A 2A supply is shipped with qutest, but it will work fine with a 1A 5V supply.

To set the OP voltage you press the two buttons together when it's starting up - display in rainbow mode - then qutest will remain in that level. Pressing the buttons together will change the brightness of the display when in normal or working mode.
 
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A 2A supply is shipped with qutest, but it will work fine with a 1A 5V supply.

To set the OP voltage you press the two buttons together when it's starting up - display in rainbow mode - then qutest will remain in that level. Pressing the buttons together will change the brightness of the display when in normal or working mode.
Thank you so much I am ready to buy as soon as its available in US!
 
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Thank you so much I am ready to buy as soon as its available in US!
Qutest is in production now. So delivery to dealers will be in February.
 
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I really hope the US price will be matched to the UK!

Here's a nice wallpaper.

 
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i see that Qutest measures slightly differently than Hugo2

Hugo2 vs Qutest (from Chord website)
  • Channel separation: 135dB at 1kHz 300Ω vs 138dB at 1kHz 300ohms
  • Signal to noise ratio: 126dB ‘A’ Weighted vs 124dB A-Weighted
  • THD and noise at 3v RMS: 120dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ weighted (reference 5.3v) vs THD (2.5v RMS ref 3v): 117dB 300ohms A-Weighted
  • THD: <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω vs 0.0001% 1kHz 2.5v RMS 300ohms

Id be interested to have @Rob Watts comments.
 
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Does Qutest support Blu MK2 M-scaler?
 
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Does Qutest support Blu MK2 M-scaler?
Yes. That's what the dual BNC inputs are for.

With this combo, you get all 1,015,808 taps, though the Qutest is obviously not as good as the DAVE.
 
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Waiting for the 1st review. Getting one nevertheless, nothing like experiencing it in my own room and setup.
 
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